Financial & Workforce Efficiencies

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

I am researching financial and workforce efficiency in local government. Under the FOI act please provide the following information:
1) For each of the last 5 financial years, please provide:
a) The total number of invoices that the authority has processed through accounts payable (AP).
b) The total expenditure through AP.

2) Do you currently use/has any 3rd parties completed a duplicate payment review/statement review in the last 5 years? If so please specific the name of the company and the contract end date.

3) What is the total value of duplicated invoices/erroneous payments that have been identified by any 3rd parties in the last 5 years or in any period reviewed (please specify).

4) How much did the 3rd party invoice the authority for any review work undertaken?

5) What accounting system does the authority use (Oracle, E-Financials, Agresso, Sage etc.)?

6) Please state the authority’s total spend on agency staff in the last financial year (14/15), split by the following staff categories, including all spend on agency staff outside of the categories specified as “other”:
• Social workers
• Residential homecare staff
• Domiciliary care staff
• Others (please describe the staff)

7) Please provide a list of the 10 most utilized agencies in the last financial year.

8) Does the council use any 3rd party services or software to manage/book agency workers? If so please state the name of the company used, the services provided and the amount that the authority spent on these services/software in the last financial year.

Thank you for your time with this request.

Yours faithfully,

J Taylor

HR_PSS, Birmingham City Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

Thank you for your request which was received on 10/03/2016  for
information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable.  If that is the case, we will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

 

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please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on (0121) 464 4130
quoting the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours faithfully

 

HR Professional Support Service Team

 

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FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

Dear J Taylor

 

I am writing further to your Freedom of Information request where you have
requested the following information:

 

I am researching financial and workforce efficiency in local government.
Under the FOI act please provide the following information:

 

1) For each of the last 5 financial years, please provide:

a) The total number of invoices that the authority has processed through
accounts payable (AP).

b) The total expenditure through AP.

    

2) Do you currently use/has any 3rd parties completed a duplicate payment
review/statement review in the last 5 years? If so please specific the
name of the company and the contract end date.

    

3) What is the total value of duplicated invoices/erroneous payments that
have been identified by any 3rd parties in the last 5 years or in any
period reviewed (please specify).

    

4) How much did the 3rd party invoice the authority for any review work
undertaken?

    

5) What accounting system does the authority use (Oracle, E-Financials,
Agresso, Sage etc.)?

    

6) Please state the authority’s total spend on agency staff in the last
financial year (14/15), split by the following staff categories, including
all spend on agency staff outside of the categories specified as “other”:

     • Social workers

     • Residential homecare staff

     • Domiciliary care staff

     • Others (please describe the staff)

    

7) Please provide a list of the 10 most utilized agencies in the last
financial year.

    

8) Does the council use any 3rd party services or software to manage/book
agency workers? If so please state the name of the company used, the
services provided and the amount that the authority spent on these
services/software in the last financial year.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the Council has a right to refuse to
release information if it believes that an exemption applies. On
identifying the information the Council believes in this case, for
question 8 only, that section 43(2) exemption may apply and has decided it
has become necessary to consider applying the public interest test.

 

This is where the Council needs to balance the public interest in
disclosing the information against the public interest in withholding the
information. The Freedom of Information Act allows a public authority, a
further reasonable amount of time to consider applying a public interest
test in relation to information potentially subject to an exemption under
the Act.

 

Birmingham City Council will endeavour to forward a response in relation
to the information sought subject to the public interest test by no later
than 10 May 2016.

 

Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Governance Team

 

10 Woodcock Street

Aston

Birmingham

B7 4BL

Telephone: 0121 303 2080

 

 

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FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

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Dear J Taylor

 

Please see the attached response.

 

Regards

 

Corporate Information Governance Team

 

Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 10:44 AM
To: J Taylor <[email address]>
([email address])
Cc: FOI Mailbox
Subject: Freedom of Information response FOI 14448

 

Dear J Taylor

 

Please see the attached response to your request.

 

Regards

 

Corporate Information Governance Team

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HR_PSS, Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Taylor

Please find attached your response to your FOI.

Regards

Mary Earl

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